Date: Friday, October 21, 2011
Location: 3866 East Hall (4:10 PM to 5:00 PM)
Title: Abelian networks
Abstract: An abelian network is a collection of finite automata that live at the vertices of a graph and communicate via the edges. It produces the same output no matter in what order the automata process their inputs. This talk will touch on three basic themes, using chipfiring and rotorrouting as illustrating examples.
1. Halting problem: how to tell whether an abelian network halts on all inputs.
2. Localtoglobal principles: certain features of the automata are inherited by the whole network.
3. Critical group: a finite abelian group that governs the longterm behavior of the network.
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Speaker: Lionel Levine
Institution: Cornell U.
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